Rock concerts making their way towards you

Kendra H.

Staff writer

Music is a beautiful, diverse language, and it allows people to feel infinite, elated, somber, or angry. Concerts are extremely special because they allow people to see their favorite artists or bands in action, and they include individuals in the magical experience. Rock music was born with the formation of The Beatles in the 1960s; the new individualistic sound grabbed the attention of many, and the genre gained an impressive following. Alternative music has branched off of the rock-and-roll genre; the popularity of alternative rock has sky-rocketed in the recent years. 2015 proves to be an exciting year for upcoming rock and alternative concerts. People need to be aware of which bands are coming, so they can mark their calendars and save the date for a potential night to remember.

There are many venues located in the state of Georgia, and most of them are right here in Atlanta. Some are better than others depending on whether the venue has been updated over time. There are several shows taking place at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA; this venue is outside, and there are seats under the overhead and a lawn beyond this point that is uncovered. This may bother those who get lawn seats and end up in the rain, but others may feel that rocking out in the rain adds to the unique and sensational experience. John Jenkins, sophomore, explained, “I enjoy the openness at Lakewood; the lawn seats are great because I have the opportunity to spread out a bit. I am also the kind of person who enjoys the rain at concerts; I feel that it creates a more memorable experience.”Dave Matthews Band is making an appearance on June 3rd at 7:00 p.m; this band’s unique sound combines jazz, rock, and alternative elements. Def Leppard, Styx, and Tesla are touring together and will be at the Lakewood venue on June 28th at 7:00 p.m. These bands formed before the 1990s, but they still hold originality and popularity in today’s world.  Incubus is co-headlining with Deftones, and these bands will make an appearance at the Lakewood venue on August 12th at 6:15 p.m.  Incubus formed in 1991, and the band was originally influenced by the acclaimed Red Hot Chili Peppers (which is in the studio working on another album at the moment). Incubus found their originality when they added a hip-hop DJ to the mix of alternative rock and roll. Lakewood should be prepared for the eager crowds to commence.

The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Georgia, will be another popular venKHHHHHHHHHHue for 2015. Verizon is similar to Lakewood because it has the option for lawn seats or seats under the overhang. Rush is performing there on May 26th at 7:30 p.m., though tickets may already be sold out because the band is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and this is most likely the band’s last world tour. If anyone can find a way to get ahold of tickets at this point, then it would be well worth it. Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, illustrating the band’s musical excellence. Made up of only three men, a fact that is extremely impressive, Rush is one of the most acclaimed rock bands in the world, and Neil Peart is believed by many to be one of the best drummers in the world. Save the date for this historical event. Another well-known oldies band from the 1970s, Boston is coming to Encore Park on June 13th at 7:30 p.m. Boston’s innovative, classic rock sound is sure to provide an entertaining and satisfying experience.  This venue will soon be remembered for some legendary shows.

There are many other venues located in Georgia. Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional are performing at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta on June 4th at 7:00 p.m. These two bands take on an alternative, rock sound, and are sure to make a great pair. Colton Herr, sophomore, explains, “The Chastain Park Amphitheatre is not my favorite venue because it is an older venue that has not had enough updates over the years, and the music does not sound clear from the lawn seats.”  Many people tend to agree with this statement; this venue could use some improvements. The upcoming concert would be more enjoyable in the seats close to the stage because the sound quality would be better. Foo Fighters will be performing at Centennial Park in Atlanta on October 4th at 4:00 p.m. The show’s starting time is interesting because most concerts begin later in the evening, but since the entire concert is outside (meaning everyone will be standing on the lawn), the experience may be more enjoyable in the daylight. The Foo Fighters encompass a metal rock sound, and this group has become an extremely popular band that continues to sell out venues. This rock band plays for three hours rather than two, which is very pleasing to fans. Death Cab for Cutie is coming to the Fox Theatre on April 27th at 8:00 p.m. Death Cab has an indie, alternative rock vibe, and the band has a large teenage following. Mia Vahle, senior, explains that she has seen a musical at the Fox and “the sound quality was clear and beautiful.”  Alyssa Hall, senior, adds, “The Fox Theatre is one of the most striking venues I have ever had the pleasure of attending. I will be seeing Death Cab quite soon, and I am excited to see one of my favorite bands of all time. I cannot wait to sing my heart out.” The nice thing about the Fox Theatre is that it is all inside, so one does not have to worry about the weather being a problem. Georgia has many popular venues, and I hope Georgia residents have a chance to discover their favorite.

Music is special in that it allows people to escape from reality and express any form of emotion necessary. Lyrics are a form of poetry; people have the opportunity to decipher their favorite lyrics’ meanings. People connect over their favorite bands or artists, and the connection can grow further at a concert.

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